Samsung Soundbars
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Samsung - Sound systems from the market leader

Whether it’s household devices, entertainment technology or smart home products – Samsung offers a wide range of options when it comes to finding the right electronics. Thus, the South Korean manufacturer also provides various equipment for your home theater, including several series of soundbars.

New releases 2022 compared

As in previous years, we can look forward to new soundbar series from the electronics giant Samsung in 2022. While the new Q-series seems to consist of the logical successors of the 2021 Q-series, the new S-series may surprise most, as it comes in a particularly sleek design and with an external subwoofer.

Samsung HW-Q990B
Premium 11.1.4 setup with intelligent room correction

Samsung HW-Q990B
Channels
11.1.4
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 11.1.4 channel system
  • External subwoofer
  • Satellite speakers
  • Wireless connection possible
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • SpaceFit room correction
  • Q-Symphony

    The Samsung HW-Q990B is the successor of the HW-Q950A from 2021, so it is also an 11.1.4-channel system that can play the three-dimensional audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. For this, both the soundbar itself and the included satellites have up-firing and side-firing speakers. An external subwoofer in a new, revised design is also included.

    For those who are also getting a new Samsung TV, – if it’s the QN80B or a higher model – a wireless connection can be made between the soundbar and the TV. In addition, the Q-Symphony feature can be used with a Samsung TV, which has been improved once again compared to previous years. However, another feature that was previously reserved for owners of a Samsung TV is now available for all TVs: SpaceFit room correction.

    A somewhat more affordable alternative to the Q990B is supposed to be the HW-Q930B. It is a 9.1.4-channel system that offers almost the same features. According to Samsung, you only have to do without the side-firing speakers of the satellite speakers.

    Variant: Samsung HW-Q930B

    Premium setup with subwoofer and satellite speakers
    • Lower price
    • Satellites without side-firing speaker

    Samsung HW-S800B
    Ultra-slim 3.1.2 setup with 3D sound

    Samsung HW-S800B
    Channels
    3.1.2
    Dolby Atmos
    Set
    Soundbar + Subwoofer
    • 3.1.2 channel setup
    • External subwoofer
    • Ultra slim dimensions
    • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
    • Interchangeable covers
    • Q-Symphony
    • SpaceFit room correction

      Special attention was paid to the design of the Samsung HW-S800B. Thus, the soundbar is ultra compact with a depth of just 3.6 centimeters and a height of 3.8 centimeters. In addition, covers for the soundbar are available in different colors and styles. These can be easily exchanged so that the system harmonizes perfectly with your interior design.

      Despite the slim design, the S800B features a total of nine built-in speakers. Among them are side-firing and up-firing speakers, which are used for playing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. In order to reproduce low tones well, the 3.1.2 setup also comes with an external subwoofer, which has a very compact design as well.

      Features like the previously mentioned wireless connection, Q-Symphony and SpaceFit room calibration are also included in this new model from Samsung.

      Q-Soundbars compared

      The premium soundbars of the Q series provide a special sound experience, particularly in combination with a QLED TV. In that case, features like SpaceFit or Q-Symphony can be used, which ensure an even better sound. But even without a Samsung TV, the soundbars create rich soundscapes thanks to Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology. In combination with innovative sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, they offer an immersive experience that puts the listener right in the middle of the action.

      Samsung HW-Q950A
      Samsung HW-Q950A
      Samsung HW-Q900A
      Samsung HW-Q900A
      Samsung HW-Q800A
      Samsung HW-Q800A
      Samsung HW-Q700A
      Samsung HW-Q700A
      Samsung HW-Q600A
      Samsung HW-Q600A
      Channels 11.1.4 7.1.2 3.1.2 3.1.2 3.1.2
      Dolby Atmos
      DTS DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X DTS HD-Master + DTS:X
      HDMI 2.1 2x In + 1x Out 2x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out
      eARC
      WLAN
      Room size above 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
      Subwoofer External External External External External
      Satellites
      Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 69,5 x 1232 x 138 mm 69,5 x 1232 x 138 mm 60 x 980 x 115 mm 60 x 980 x 115 mm 58 x 980 x 105 mm
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      Samsung HW-Q950A
      Premium 11.1.4 setup for immersive sound experiences

      Room size
      above 40 m2
      Channels
      11.1.4
      Dolby Atmos
      Set
      Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
      • 316W (RMS)
      • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
      • 140W Rear Kit
      • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
      • Upfiring Speakers
      • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
      • Auto EQ
      • High Volume
      • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
      • Built-In Amazon Alexa

        The Samsung HW-Q950A is a complete sound system that offers just about everything you need for a home cinema experience. With the soundbar, the wireless subwoofer, and the two included satellites, the setup amounts to 22 integrated speakers. A total of eleven channels provide room-filling audio from different directions, which can be perfectly adjusted to your room thanks to the Auto EQ feature. For this, a microphone in the subwoofer analyzes your room and adjusts the sound and bass accordingly.

        The soundbar comes with built-in voice control via Alexa, Apple AirPlay2, Bluetooth and also supports Wi-Fi. Thus, it offers many options for streaming music or podcasts apart from being paired with a TV.

        All common audio formats are supported by the Samsung HW-Q950A. To play 3D sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, up-firing speakers, which are built into the soundbar and satellites, are used. These produce an immersive sound experience that is worth seeing (and especially hearing).

        Samsung HW-Q900A
        Great 7.1.2 setup with 3D surround sound

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        7.1.2
        Dolby Atmos
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 246W (RMS)
        • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
        • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
        • Upfiring Speakers
        • SpaceFit Sound+ & Q-Symphony
        • Auto EQ
        • High Volume
        • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
        • Built-In Amazon Alexa
        • No integrated Chromecast

        Samsung’s HW-Q900A soundbar has almost all the features of the HW-Q950A. However, the model comes without the rear kit, which results in a total of seven channels. It lacks some low-end bass, but with a few adjustments using various features, you will get a well-balanced sound. Thus, the soundbar is suitable for enjoying music as well as movies and series.

        Due to the lack of separate speakers, the Q900A’s sound experience is less immersive than that of the more expensive model of the series. Although the soundbar is equipped with side-firing speakers, the audio does not sound quite that clear through them.

        All common audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, are supported. The 3D sound is produced via the soundbar’s up-firing speakers.

        Samsung HW-Q800A
        3.1.2 Setup with strong bass and balanced sound

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        3.1.2
        Dolby Atmos
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 170W (RMS)
        • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
        • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
        • Upfiring Speakers
        • SpaceFit Sound & Q-Symphony
        • Auto EQ
        • High Volume
        • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
        • Built-In Amazon Alexa
        • Weak Surround Sound

        Samsung’s HW-Q800A soundbar is a 3.1.2 setup that is equipped with a wireless subwoofer just like the other models of the series. In combination with it, the soundbar produces a balanced sound, which makes the setup suitable for multifunctional use. Especially the thumping bass and the high volume can impress.

        However, the surround performance of the soundbar is not very satisfying. Audio content almost always sounds as if it is coming from the front and voices or footsteps cannot be reproduced accurately from different directions. This is due to the fact that the soundbar downmixes surround content to stereo so it can reproduce it.

        Like its predecessors, the Q800A also has a built-in Amazon Alexa. In addition, music can be played easily and quickly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Apple Airplay2.

        Samsung HW-Q700A
        Multifunctional soundbar with wireless subwoofer

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        3.1.2
        Dolby Atmos
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 170W (RMS)
        • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
        • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
        • Upfiring Speakers
        • SpaceFit Sound & Q-Symphony
        • Auto EQ
        • High Volume
        • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay2
        • Lacks low-bass
        • Weak surround sound

        The HW-Q700A model from Samsung’s soundbar series is a 3.1.2 setup as well. The soundbar supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Apple Airplay2, which makes it usable in a variety of ways. However, you have to get an Echo Dot to use Amazon Alexa with this model, since it is not built-in.

        The soundbar’s high volume makes it suitable for the use in large rooms or at parties. However, you should avoid playing bass-heavy music as the setup lacks some low-bass.

        Like the previous model, this model cannot fully convince in terms of its surround performance. The reproduction of Dolby Atmos content is quite acceptable, but those who dream of a cinema-like atmosphere should rather choose one of the more expensive models from the Q-series.

        Samsung HW-Q600A
        Solid 3.1.2 setup at a fair price

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        3.1.2
        Dolby Atmos
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 200W (RMS)
        • 160W Subwoofer (Max)
        • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
        • Upfiring Speakers
        • Q-Symphony
        • Auto EQ
        • High Volume
        • Bluetooth
        • No Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa or Airplay
        • Lacks low-bass
        • Weak surround sound

        The HW-Q600A is the last and also the most affordable premium soundbar from the Q series. Due to the lower price, the features of this model are somewhat limited. For example, the soundbar lacks Wi-Fi connectivity and support for voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa. Moreover, the model is not compatible with Apple Airplay2.

        Apart from a few features, the Q600A is in no way inferior to Samsung’s other models like the Q700A. The 3.1.2 setup – like all other models – includes a wireless subwoofer and can reproduce Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. However, this model also has some space for improvement in terms of its surround performance.

        Since Samsung has equipped the Q600A with all sorts of features for adjusting the sound, it is convenient for mixed usage. Thus, if you can accept small sacrifices regarding its bass, you will get a really good sound experience at a fair price with this soundbar.

        S-Soundbars compared

        With the S-series, Samsung offers a range of soundbars that fit smoothly into any living room. For this, the Korean electronics giant relies on a slim textile design in different shades of gray. Despite the compact design, the soundbars have a lot to offer: They are equipped with Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology and can thus generate virtual surround sound.

        Samsung HW-S60A
        Samsung HW-S60A
        Samsung HW-S50A
        Samsung HW-S50A
        Channels 5 (5.2 virtual) 3 (3.2 virtual)
        Dolby Atmos
        DTS
        HDMI 2.1
        eARC
        WLAN
        Room size up to 25 m2 up to 15 m2
        Subwoofer
        Satellites
        Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 68 x 764 x 125 mm 68 x 764 x 125 mm
        $327.99*
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        Samsung HW-S60A
        Soundbar with noble textile design and balanced sound

        Room size
        up to 25 m2
        Channels
        5
        (5.2 virtual)
        Set
        Soundbar
        • 200W Soundbar (RMS)
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound & Q-Symphony
        • Center Speaker
        • Slim design
        • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity
        • Integrated Alexa
        • Apple Airplay2
        • Lacks low-bass
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No subwoofer
        • Few ports

        Like all models in the series, the Samsung HW-S60A is a one-body soundbar, which means it comes without an external subwoofer. The 5.0-channel system has a total of seven integrated speakers, including a center speaker. This ensures clear speech comprehensibility, since dialogs are output separately from other sound effects.

        Overall, the soundbar has a balanced and vivid sound. Only the low-bass could be slightly better, since the soundbar has problems reproducing the deep rumble in bass-heavy music or action-packed scenes. However, the sound performance can be corrected a bit with the help of the graphic equalizer and the multitude of adjustment features.

        Due to the WLAN connection as well as the compatibility with Bluetooth and Apple Airplay, the S60A is extremely versatile. Its Acoustic Beam technology provides an immersive sound experience, but obviously it does not come close to real Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound.

        Variant: Samsung HW-S61A

        Stylish soundbar with room-filling sound
        • Elegant, bright design

        Samsung HW-S50A
        Slim soundbar with virtual surround sound

        Room size
        up to 15 m2
        Channels
        3
        (3.2 virtual)
        Set
        Soundbar
        • 140W Soundbar (RMS)
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound Lite & Q-Symphony
        • Center Speaker
        • Slim design
        • Bluetooth connectivity
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No subwoofer
        • No Apple Airplay
        • No Wi-Fi connectivity
        • Few ports

        Samsung’s HW-S50A can be considered a cheaper version of the S60A. Yet, buyers have to sacrifice some features, such as Wi-Fi compatibility, Apple Airplay and the integrated Amazon Alexa. Moreover, it is a 3.0-channel system with five speakers. The center speaker is integrated despite the lower price, which means that this soundbar also has a well-balanced and clear sound.

        If you own a Samsung TV, you can use Q-Symphony in combination with the soundbar. Using this feature, the speakers of the TV and the soundbar are coordinated with each other. By playing audio content simultaneously, a surround effect is created. However, the S50A can also create a three-dimensional sound without a Samsung TV, using DTS Virtual:X.

        A-Soundbars compared

        Samsung’s A-series is supposed to particularly appeal to gaming enthusiasts. Therefore, each of the soundbars has a special Game Mode that provides an even more intense gaming experience. Moreover, the external, powerful subwoofers promise to give you goosebumps.

        Samsung HW-A650
        Samsung HW-A650
        Samsung HW-A550
        Samsung HW-A550
        Samsung HW-A450
        Samsung HW-A450
        Channels 3.1 (3.1.2 virtual) 2.1 (3.1.2 virtual) 2.1
        Dolby Atmos
        DTS
        HDMI 2.1
        eARC
        WLAN
        Room size up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2 up to 40 m2
        Subwoofer External External External
        Satellites
        Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 58 x 980 x 105 mm 55 x 860 x 85 mm 54 x 860 x 74 mm
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        Samsung HW-A650
        3.1. Setup with virtual surround sound

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        3.1
        (3.1.2 virtual)
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 180W Soundbar (RMS)
        • 250W Subwoofer (RMS)
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound Lite
        • Bass Boost & Game Mode
        • Center Speaker
        • Bluetooth connectivity
        • Lacks low-bass
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No WiFi connectivity
        • No Apple Airplay

        Combining a 180W soundbar with a 250W external subwoofer, the HW-A650 is Samsung’s most powerful setup in the series. The delivered sound is well-balanced and therefore suitable for a wide range of content. Thanks to the built-in center speaker, dialogs are reproduced crisp and clear. The setup only lacks a bit of lower-bass.

        The soundbar does not support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. However, it can reproduce DTS:Virtual X, whereby surround sound is generated virtually. However, the surround performance is not very satisfactory due to the fact that surround content is converted to stereo. Thus, the listening experience is not really immersive.

        If you want to stream music from the soundbar, you can pair your device via Bluetooth. Other features like Amazon Alexa, Apple Airplay or Chromecast are not supported. A connection via Wi-Fi cannot be established either.

        Samsung HW-A550
        Soundbar with external subwoofer for the extra amount of bass

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        2.1
        (3.1.2 virtual)
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 160W Soundbar (RMS)
        • 250W Subwoofer (RMS)
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound Lite
        • Bass Boost & Game Mode
        • Bluetooth connectivity
        • Lacks low-bass
        • Poor surround performance
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No Center Speaker
        • No WiFi connectivity
        • No Apple Airplay

        The 2.1 setup of the HW-A550 features a total of five integrated speakers. As with the previous model in the series, its 3D performance is disappointing – regardless of DTS:Virtual X. However, if you can overlook that, you will get a powerful setup with a balanced sound. Thanks to the graphic equalizer and all sorts of features, the sound can also be customized.

        As already mentioned, all soundbars in the series have a special Game Mode featuring a Cross-Talk Cancellation technology. This automatically adjusts the sound to the gaming session and minimizes distracting noises so that you can fully devote yourself to your gaming experience.

        In contrast to the A650, you won’t find a center speaker in the A550. Nevertheless, dialogs can be reproduced quite clearly. This is due to the Adaptive Sound Lite feature, which automatically analyzes the audio track of different TV content and adjusts the sound accordingly.

        Samsung HW-A450
        Setup with a powerful subwoofer for intense gaming

        Room size
        up to 40 m2
        Channels
        2.1
        Set
        Soundbar + Subwoofer
        • 80W Soundbar (RMS)
        • 220W Subwoofer (RMS)
        • Virtual Surround Sound
        • Adaptive Sound Lite
        • Bass Boost & Game Mode
        • Bluetooth connectivity
        • Poor surround performance
        • No Dolby Atmos/DTS:X
        • No Center Speaker
        • No WiFi connectivity
        • No Apple Airplay
        • Few input ports

        Samsung’s HW-A450 is also a setup with 2.1 channels. Like the other models in the series, this soundbar cannot convince with its DTS:Virtual X performance and has little lower-bass. However, it gets quite loud and – in combination with the powerful subwoofer – creates a sound experience that is not three-dimensional, but certainly worth listening to.

        The soundbar features a graphic equalizer and various settings for individual sound optimization. Due to its balanced sound, it is especially useful for watching series with a lot of dialogue or for use at parties. However, music streaming has to be done via Bluetooth, since neither Wi-Fi nor Apple Airplay or Chromecast are supported.

        Compared to the other soundbars in the A-series, the A450 lacks input ports. There is only one optical port and one USB port on its back.